Getting The Front Porch Ready

It’s still raining. It’s still not warm. But I can’t wait any longer, I have to get the porch ready for warmer weather. So I did it today instead of working in the yard, because it kept sprinkling on and off anyway. This is the sad “before” picture. Helloooo bench, you look lonely down there.

I usually just sweep the porch off a few times a week during the Summer, but before I decorate it for Spring and Summer I like to hose it down to get all the Winter grime off.

To start with, I made the rug last year by duct taping 6 small rugs together. If I remember right, they were $1.50 each, so only $9 for the whole rug.

Then I added tables and chairs. A small table by the bench to hold cool drinks.

And a larger table to hold breakfast, magazines or drinks and snacks. I spray painted the chairs last year and they’ve held up pretty well.

Next I added some accessories to make the space pretty and welcoming. I spray painted the terra cotta pots yellow last year too.

The tray is actually the lid of a galvanized box (the one the windmills are in). The coasters are because the table is a little uneven and they make the glasses stable. The candleholders are from that great sale I went to a few months ago. They were like .50 cents a piece. There’s no flowers in the pots yet because hubby and I are going on a trip and I don’t want the kids to be stressed over having to water the flowers. Or I don’t want dead ones when I get home.

The hose box needed something to make it look a little better. Adam made the birdhouse in scouts about 11 years ago.

These candleholders are perfect for this end of the porch. There’s not a light down in this area. Plus I love the colors.

Just a little added interest to the small table.

And this welcome sign was .50 cents because the front was falling off. I just glued it back on. Maybe they didn’t own any glue. It’s in the small window by the front door.

Then came the soft stuff. I need to make a cushion for the bench, but for now these chair cushions will do. I made the pillows last year.

I need to make new cushions for the chairs too. Probably the same fabric as the bench.

The flower boxes were added to the railing.

And porch columns, but no flowers yet. Plan on them about June 3rd or 4th, afterI’ve had a day to catch up from our trip.

So here’s the almost finished porch. I still need to paint the bench, make new cushions and make drop cloth curtains for the end by the bench. The morning sun can blind you from that angle in the Summer.

And here’s the front door area. Oh, and we’re making shutters for the front windows too. I’m now ready to sit on the front porch with Ammon and guess the color of the next car that drives by. He always wins! I think he cheats.

I do have one dilemma. What would you do? The bottom of the picture is my beautiful lawn and the top is my neighbor’s. I’m going to have a hard time keeping that out of my yard. The dandelions have already gone to seed and started blowing. So far we only have them in our flower beds, but I’m worried I’m not going to be able to keep them out of my lawn. So what should I do, short of tilling their whole yard for them? Oh, and the backyard is worse. Another good reason for curtains.

I can’t wait for our first breakfast on the porch this season. Think happy warm thoughts! (I’m sorry for any misspelled words. My spellcheck is not working.)

{ 28 comments… add one }
  • Wendy May 20, 2010, 7:57 pm

    It looks great! Love the green stripes. I SO wish we had a porch!

  • Shannon May 20, 2010, 10:49 pm

    Your porch looks fabulous! As for the dandelions, Preen is great at keeping weeds from sprouting. I don’t know how large your yard is but you might want to check it out.

  • mahek May 21, 2010, 2:49 am

    Thanks for sharing this with you…
    You have taken lots of efforts for that…
    I love the cushion covers ….

  • Creative Decor by Brooke May 21, 2010, 7:18 am

    I am so tired of the rain. My hubby keeps telling me it is good and we need it. I want to plant flowers, not yet he keeps telling me. By the time summer comes it will be over. Enough complaining. You inspired me to work on my own porch.

  • Jennifer May 21, 2010, 8:13 am

    Your porch looks great! As for your neighbors yucky yard, I would put up a nice big solid sturdy fence! I wouldn’t want to look at that yard either!

  • Katie May 21, 2010, 7:41 pm

    I just love sprucing up the patio! Let me know when you decide to make the bench cushion — would love to see a tutorial!

  • Susan May 21, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Looks Great….I love those hanging lanterns! So colorful! The whole set-up looks so cozy and inviting

  • Staci Johnson May 21, 2010, 11:34 pm

    That looks great! I love the pop of green!!

  • Amy @ Positively Splendid May 22, 2010, 6:08 am

    I love all of the little details here! What a terrific space.

  • Chris May 22, 2010, 7:21 am

    What a cozy porch. Wish I could stop by for a visit.

  • Lori E May 22, 2010, 2:15 pm

    I am always eager with anticipation of the first meal out on the deck. C’mon Summer!!
    The beautiful green shade makes me think of Creme de Menthe. I can’t wait to see it with the flowers planted too.
    As for the neighbors…fencing or retaining wall. Sigh, too bad you have to do that.

  • The Pleasures of Homemaking May 22, 2010, 5:20 pm

    Your porch looks great! I actually like the seat cushions on the bench – I think that’s really clever. Love the glass candleholders – wonderful colors! You have a terrific space!


  • Paula May 22, 2010, 8:33 pm

    Love your porch and the colors you have used.
    As for your neighbors – I would use some Weed and Feed on your side and into your heighbors side – it isnt’ really expensive and it kills the dandelions and fertilizes your lawn – your neighbo would never know excpet their part of the lawn woulnd’t have any dandelions! or you could build a fence,

  • Lisa May 23, 2010, 8:45 am

    You are so lucky to have that cute front porch! So inviting! Love how you decorated it. You’ll never get your guests to leave! Good luck with the grass issue…our lovely neighbors have a wildflower garden right next to ours….it’s painful, all the weeding we must do. But good neighbors are hard to find so we keep our mouths shut! 🙂 Have a happy Sunday.

  • Jeannine Wayman May 23, 2010, 5:47 pm

    This porch sprucing for summer looks perfect. All seats are inviting and so many bright clors to cheer. I agree with the spraying of weed and feed over into the neighbors yard. Not much else you can do.

  • Megan May 23, 2010, 6:44 pm

    What a cozy little space. I love it!

  • On Life Many Journeys May 23, 2010, 7:14 pm

    Your porch looks very inviting! Wish I had one deep enough to decorate.

  • Kendall@FinesseYourNest May 23, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Your porch is looking fabulous! I love the green and yellow color combo. The rug idea is great! I may have to borrow that one! It’s so much cheaper than trying to find a large patio rug. Thanks for linking up to Shop The House Sunday!

  • Chari May 24, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Hi Leanne…

    Oooh…so pretty! I love your bright and vibrant color combinations! Can’t go wrong with that pretty “spring green” color! I’m so glad that we’re finally able to enjoy our porch here in Colorado! Thanks for sharing your beautiful patio with us!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  • JK May 24, 2010, 5:50 pm

    Your front porch transformation is gorgeous. Ours is drab and I haven’t figured out what to do, but now I have some ideas and great motivation.

    Thank you

  • Marilyn Holeman May 24, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Hi Leanne, Love those greens on your porch. Someone mentioned a wall between you and your neighbor’s. That reminded me of a post that Susan at Between Naps on the Porch did recently (unlesss I was looking at an older post. . . and I THINK it was hers. Sorry.) Anyway, she made a rock planter, which was pretty cute, and added color. It would be a lot of work, but worth it.

  • Shannon May 24, 2010, 10:51 pm

    Your porch is looking fabulous. The weather here hasn’t been very nice either. We have had way too much rain!

  • Crystal May 25, 2010, 10:12 am

    i love what you did…especially by adding the rug and the cushions! i sooo need to work on our big porch too! have to use yours for inspiration! glad i came over from tip junkie to check it all out! hugs!

  • Merrie May 25, 2010, 4:37 pm

    It looks so cozy and inviting!

  • Kathy May 26, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Looks very inviting now!
    I just hosed off my front porch last night. its so hot here it felt great to get all wet.

  • Tracy May 26, 2010, 8:43 pm

    I love the green. Looks so nice.

  • Andy Porter May 29, 2010, 10:40 pm

    I LOVE It!!! I love the before and after pics! That bench did look mighty lonely!! You’ve created such a beautiful welcoming space! I totally want to come over and sit and chat! Thanks so much for always linking to my parties! It’s been such a pleasure to see your creativity and get to know you!! Have a wonderful summer!!

  • DeeDee April 5, 2011, 4:58 am

    The porch is in my blood today… Do you have a DIY pattern for your roll up shades? Am having a hard time finding something..thanks and enjoy your porch!!!

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